Tag: Sergey Shoigu

Some Near Putin ‘Quietly Searching for a Successor’ But Fear ‘Time of Troubles’ Afterwards

February 4, 2015

Staunton, February 4 – Even though many of those around Vladimir Putin fear that his ouster would lead to a new time of troubles, some of them have become convinced that the situation now is already so dire that he must be replaced and are “quietly searching” for a possible successor, according to Moscow analyst […]

Are Russia’s Federal Subject Heads To Become Governors General?

December 26, 2014

Staunton, December 22 – Vladimir Putin has agreed with proposals by Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to require the heads of the federal subjects to bear responsibility for mobilization and fighting against diversionary forces, a step that makes them into something like tsarist-era governors general and could presage a new territorial delimitation of the country. At […]

NATO Moves Not Economic Sanctions Behind Putin’s Tactical Shift on Ukraine, Illarionov Says

June 9, 2014

Staunton, June 9 – Vladimir Putin has met two of the West’s demands concerning Ukraine — recognition of the presidential elections there and a pullback of Russian forces from the border – but he will stop backing the secessionists only if they win, the Ukrainian army defeats them, or he recognizes that he is creating […]